Pacific Crest Trail Book Report

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Saylor Voss Due Date: Monday 16
Author: Cheryl Strayed Book: Wild

I am interviewing Cheryl Strayed about her experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail

1. What made you decide to hike the Pacific Crest Trail?
A: While my mom recently passed and I felt like I knew nothing about myself. One day I woke up and I realized my mom was my whole world was my mom and I didn’t know what I was going to do without her. I read a book on the PCT and I thought that would be the perfect option for me to go and find myself and really figure out who I am meant to be.

2. When your mother passed away how did you handle your feelings? (In other words how did you handle it?)
A: When my mom passed away I was really heart broken and I felt apart. I turned to something’s I shouldn’t have. I
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When did it hit you that you were hiking one of the most insane trails in the U.S.?
A: It finally hit me that I was hiking the PCT about six days in. A Texas Longhorn bull chased me and I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. The trail was about four feet wide, with a pack on my back that weighed more than me.

4. Do you regret hiking the PCT?
A: I don’t regret hiking the PCT because It truly did help me find myself and who I was meant to be. I really enjoyed hiking the trail because it really found a part of me that I never knew existed. I really enjoyed the time on the trail to really connect to the outside world. I really needed to disconnect and take time to focus on myself.

5. What was it like carrying all that weight on your back?
A: Carrying all that weight on my back was defiantly a challenge and a pain I never experienced before. I had blisters on my hips and shoulders. I fell on the trail once to because my pack was so heavy and I had deep scraps all up my legs. Carrying that much weight I feel like did hold me back some but it helped me get in touch with body and become stronger and fight through the pain I was experiencing.

6. Were you happy to have met some friends on the
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